CLEVELAND — It's that time of year. With Thanksgiving on Thursday, TownHall hosted its ninth annual "Feed the Need," which was once again hosted by Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife and 3News contributor, Emily Mayfield.
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From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Baker and Emily, as well as a host of special guests, served nearly 4,000 free turkey dinners to families in need.
“TownHall has hosted Feed the Need for the last eight years and is proud to continue supporting the local community," says TownHall owner Bobby George. "This event is the highlight of our year."
Over the past nine years, nearly 35,000 meals have been distributed. The special guests amongst the list distributing meals in the past have been Mayfield, Denzel Ward, UFC champ Stipe Miocic, Myles Garrett, Dwyane Wade and many more notable names.
This year, TownHall expanded their annual event with an event catered to Columbus residents, as well. Aside from the Feed the Need drive, TownHall continues to impact their surrounding communities by launching an outerwear upcycling program.
TownHall and sister restaurant Rebol are currently collecting used hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens and jackets. After items are donated, they are taken to be professionally dry cleaned by DO Summers. All the items donated will be distributed during the Feed the Need Drive.
Members of the community interested in making donations can drop off their donations at either TownHall or Rebol or download their co-branded app and select curbside drop-off. Everyone who donates an item will receive a free organic coffee or bone broth.
On top of the turkey and winter outerwear drive, TownHall partnered with St. Augustine’s to feed those in need.
All the funds raised will be matched. 100 percent of donations are going to go to help fight hunger across the community.
“Every year, we strive to make this event more impactful. We’re able to do that thanks to our partnerships with local homeless shelters, especially St. Augustine,” says George.